Do People Respect Copyright Anymore?

Ever since posting The Internet’s Biggest Google Whores I have been having a whale of time with sites that blatantly ripped off the article to post on their sites as their own content. Often time the site owner didn’t know that it’s a copyright violation to post an entire article – they figure it was OK because they linked to me as the source.

Let’s clear this up right now. Fair use copyright rules will allow a site/blog to link to my original post and include a little plug about the article but they are NOT ALLOWED to reprint the entire article. It doesn’t matter if they give me credit or not, reposting an article without permission is a copyright violation, plain and simple.

Right now, I am trying to get two blogs to remove my Google Whore article (I’m sure there are more out there). This blog was so blatant they even hot linked my picture! Please leave them a comment on how you feel about them ripping me off.

Then we have 15 year old Josh Reid who also hot linked the photo and didn’t even give me credit for the article. His blog doesn’t allow comments but you can email him at [email protected] or [email protected] and tell him what happens to people who break the law. This kid I don’t have that much of a problem with because he’s only 15 and most likely don’t understand copyright rules. In addition, he has no adverting on his blog. However, that XXX Master is just asking for a letter from the lawyer.

While I am on the subject of copyright, Knuckles10 sent me a page about an article written by PC Stats that got ripped off by Tech Hints, who then got the article Dugg. I hope PC Stats sues the pants off them.

*Update – Josh Reid has removed my article.
*Update – XXX Master has removed my article.

22 thoughts on “Do People Respect Copyright Anymore?”

  1. wow..i actually came across another site that has ripped you.

    And i saw this link via reddit

  2. John Chow says:

    Man, every single article on that blog were ripped from other sites! I’ve emailed Blogger. He won’t be around for long.

  3. John Chow says:

    Found another one.

    Look at all that advertising. He even tried to submit it to Digg.

  4. Ricco says:

    HAHA, what you did to the picture is just pure genious! I laughed a certain bodypart off when I saw it at that XXX guy’s site.

  5. Eli says:

    Bunch of morons.. doesn’t it just annoy you? I mean really ANNOY you.. I can understand the feeling.

    And I like what you did with that hotlinked image 😛

  6. Problem bigger than that. Also it is modificatios in another languages.
    is another stolen copy from your’s post. But in this time it is a little bit shorter and translated to Lithuanian language. is biggest marketing news portal in Lithuania. After I writed comment to him and said, that this content author stoled from you, they deleted my comment(!) and just added your’s name and link to your post.

    But it is still stolen – because author claims, that it is his text, not your’s. I am ashamed, that I am Lithuanian too.

    Author want became famous and have hope, that nobody else there read in internet? He even posted the same article in his company’s website
    And his company is about internet business…

    For some time in my mind is stirring idea to establish blog and make there black list of internet content stollers.

  7. ElectroGeek says:

    Hi John,
    We have removed your article per your request. We apologize if this has offended you however we did list you as the source if the article giving you full credit for the article. We DID NOT ever take credit for writing that article so please do not be so offended. We were only trying to promote your website by sharing your work the same as we do by posting a youtube video, etc. Your website has good readership because of the other websites that promote you such as ours. Please contact me personally if I can be of assistance. Regards, Randy

  8. Paul says:

    Nice job with the hotlinked image, the guy is just lucky you didn’t over-do it :D.

  9. Paul says:

    That Josh Reid kid copied another article from someone else and blatantly passed it has his own opinion!


    I would bet money the PageRank article isn’t his either.

  10. Carl says:

    I think translation is OK, as long as they give credit, and a link, and don’t hotlink images. Without it, people in other countries would never be able to enjoy your writing.

  11. Anshul says:

    Thats really bad that people copy and dont give credit!

  12. Tracy says:

    If somebody has adsense on their page ust notify google that they are putting adsense their page with your copyrighted content, and google will have no problems shutting off their adsense account.

  13. Bob Buskirk says:

    Some people are scumbags and will do anything for good content, using other peoples articles as their own with out even giving credit…

  14. Nick says:

    It’s a never ending fight. The worst is when you get a person that lives outside your country. Good luck trying to stop them with a letter from the lawyer.

  15. Lawrence says:

    I think you are over-reacting. You are only benfiting if they put a link to your site.

    All this talk about suing is not wise on your part. I would NEVER do business with someone who talks alot about lawsuits. It creates distrust by demostrating that you would be quick to get someone in a courtroom.

    Have you thought about putting up something that says your site is copyrighted? I’d put it at the top of every page.

  16. John Chow says:

    Ya, read the bottom of this or any page. It says “Copyright © 2006 John Chow dot Com”

    I take copyright very seriously. My business is media and we have to deal with this crap all the time. You have to take a hard-line with copyright violators.

  17. Lawrence,

    Imagine, that every night someone picks up your car, drives all night, and leaves it at morning. It seems OK, because you didn’t “thought about putting up something”? How you’ll react to this?

    Please, post your’s car photo, and we will see, if your’s car is without “something”, that says “I didn’t let you drive my car without permission”, it means all can pick and drive?

    And what about your’s house? Did it is any sign near entrance, that says, that you didn’t let everyone to come in and sleep in your’s bed?

    If you will throw out these people, I think you are over-reacting. Really. 🙂

    And let me explain, people, who give permissions to repost or republish content, simply put Creative Commons license on site. It is so simple, but I still amazed, that so many did not understand this.

  18. I get it all the time – MySpace kiddies hot link my photos to their profiles, sometimes in very weird contexts (what does one of my wedding pictures have to do with a complete stranger? and why did some kid post a picture of me at 11 years old with a horse and say it was his horse?). I add text to the pictures saying “photo courtesy of”. I doubt I get any traffic that way, but you never know.

    I haven’t gone looking for ripoffs of my text, but it wouldn’t surprise me…

  19. Chris Rasch says:

    Okay, so other sites publish your article. Now more people know about John Chow and go to your site. Maybe some of them click the ads and you make money.

    Now those sites don’t have a link to you. So no Google boost to your site. And I dare say that they won’t link to you again.

    How do you know that the revenue you would’ve gained from the increased exposure isn’t greater than the loss you sustained from people reading your article on someone else’s site?

  20. John Chow says:

    Chris – Most of the copyright violators didn’t link to me or list me as the author.

  21. HMTKSteve says:

    I’ve had the same thing happen and I’m a tiny blogger!

    I had posted a modified version of an old joke (rethemed to be tech) and it ended up on Digg.

    Within a week a did a Google search and found the blog entry copied onto many other blogs!

    Some bloggers were honorable and only posted the first line or two with a link back to my blog to read the rest while others just grabbed the whole thing with a “source” link at the bottom.

    I have no problem with another blogger posting an excerpt from my blog with a link to the source for the full text but I can’t stand it when someone takes an entire entry and posts it on their blog, regardless of any author credit.

    You will not see one book publisher publishing Stephen King books without a contract from Stephen King but instead claiming, “we put his name on the cover, we never claimed we wrote it…” so why do bloggers feel they can do this?

    In closing, I do license my work under CC so it is “ok” to do some copying without permission but… the CC license does not go away…

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